'Glee' scores with its Halloween episode; 'The Biggest Loser' lives up to its title

tuesday-ratingsImage Credit: Dave Krieger/ABC: Trae Patton/NBC; Adam Rose/FoxFox won Tuesday among adults 18-49 (3.6 rating/10 share) by airing a special Halloween episode of Glee (4.8/12, 11.45 million). This is the fifth Tuesday of the 2010-11 season that Glee has finished the night as the No. 1 program of the night in the key demographic. Each 18-49 ratings point represents 1.3 million viewers.

The Glee lead-in helped to goose an original episode of Raising Hope (2.6/7, 6.2 million) at 9 and another at 9:30 (2.3/6, 5.4 million).

CBS won the night in viewers (16.1 million) because of its powerful combination of NCIS (4.1/11, 18.2 million), NCIS: LA (3.4/9, 16 million), and The Good Wife (2.4/7, 12.5 million). The network finished in second place in the key demo for the night with a 3.3/9.

ABC tied NBC for the night among 18-49 (2.3/6) but came in second among viewers (10.5 million) because of the Dancing with the Stars results show (15.4 million). No Ordinary Family dropped 9% to a 2.0/5 in the demo – its lowest rated telecast this season. It averaged 7.3 million. Detroit 1-8-7 benefited from its strong lead-in by posting a 2.0/6, a 11% improvement over last week. It averaged 8.7 million viewers.

On NBC, The Biggest Loser (2.4/6) posted its lowest-rated fall telecast ever and averaged a mere 6.6 million. Does anyone care about this show anymore or is it just too dang long? But hey, at least Parenthood was up 5% and posted a 2.0/6 in the demo. It averaged 4.8 million.


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  • Amy

    Yeah Parenthood!

    • Irwin

      Ditto! A great show; glad its numbers were up. It’s just that nobody watches NBC so it’s hard to get the story out about this show. Same thing happened to Friday Night Lights.

      • aham

        how great was mae whitman last night?

  • niki

    Biggest Loser needs to lose about an hour. Nothing of interest happens. Just get to the weight loss – that’s what the audience wants to see.

    • Ryan

      And move Parenthood to a more family-friendly earlier time slot! If they cut an hour of Biggest Loser they could slide Parenthood up and hour… AND it wouldn’t have to face off against The Good Wife.

    • cl

      I agree. 1 hour made a better show. I don’t watch now because of all the other good shows at that time. Put it on for an hour at 9 and I’ll watch.

    • Melissa

      I also agree; Biggest Loser is just too long. Every episode this week has put me to sleep and I end up watching the second hour later anyway. Also, it’s pretty much become a big fat (pun intended) commercial for Subway, 24 Hour Fitness, Biggest Loser products, etc anyway.

  • JOe

    Glee did a Rocky Horror episode?

    • Margie

      Ha Ha.

  • Flip

    Why are the ratings reports highlighting the demos so much and not the millions of viewers that watched?

    • The Demo

      Because the demo is far, far more important than total # of viewers. There’s a reason Glee can ask for over 100K more for a 30 second commercial than NCIS, despite those extra 8 million viewers NCIS brings in.

    • Ryan

      Bluntly put, advertisers want young eyes, young viewers who will be buying their products. Like it or not, CBS shows often don’t provide that… and studies actually prove older people tend to stick with the same products and companies they’ve used for decades.

    • Ron

      Because those are the numbers that advertisers care most about (apparently).
      Just had no interest in TBL this season. Even in the past at 2 hours you could flip through the slow parts but it was interesting enough to keep watching

      • Flip

        But I want to know how many people were actually watching each show. I wish the articles would emphasize that a bit more.

  • Gleek

    Great! Another Glee article!

  • katie

    I hate the Biggest Loser this season.. seems like everyone is there for the game and not to lose weight.. well on the black team anyways.. They need to get rid of Brenden and Frado.. good lord I cant stand either of them.. If the next episode isnt any better I wont be watching anymore..
    its crap this season!

    • bamalam

      totally agree!!!

    • Chet

      Have 5 episodes (10 hours) on dvr. Think I might just delete them, watch the finale which will recap the season and show what everyone’s lost and then watch the spring edition, which i’m sure if NBC had a couple hits would be shorter. Maybe they’ll make it 90 minutes and put Parks and Rec at 930.

    • Eternal Clementine

      I deleted the timer off my DVR after last night, who wants to be annoyed and frustrated over how catty people can be for 2 hours. Adam was one of the only ones worth rooting for. Sorry TBL, we had a good run. I’ll set my Parenthood timer to start 5 minutes early just to see the transformation moment, best part of the episode.

    • kermitina

      Couldn’t agree more. The contestants this go ’round are mostly whiny, immature brats who care more about the game than they do about being healthy. Those who aren’t brats have zero personality. No one worth rooting for = no ratings.

      • kate

        Agreed. I liked it much better when the show focused on their transformations. Now it’s all about the game play. Instead of the winning personal prizes like they did in the old days (visit from home, day at spa, etc) now the prize is to be the pot stirrer who creates division among everyone else. It feels less and less like an inspiring show about people making healthy changes in their lives, and more like any other catty reality show except the contestants happen to be overweight.

  • jenn

    um you might want to fix the NCIS numbers…it wasnt 18.1 million it was 19.88 million…sure who cares about that as long as GLEE is talked about…So how come no one was up in arms with all the people half naked…or when the guidance counslor rips off the others shirt saying singing “she wants to be dirty” but GQ takes some pics of people in their mid 20′s thats a big problem..,isnt the show more family oriented than GQ magazine is?

    • Karl

      It was a dedication to the original RHPS, which if u recall, is a lesson in utter and complete camp nakedness.

  • Elle

    Yay for Parenthood! I don’t want it to be canceled, I’m enjoying it too much.

  • Gless-less

    Waiting for the first signs of America becoming – “over-Glee’d” – can’t come toooooo soon! Yick!

    • Melissa

      Ditto!

  • Ceballos

    YAY, FINALLY GOT MUH GLEE FIX! I WAS GETTIN SCARED!!

  • shelby

    I have not liked Glee this season so far. It’s like the writers are trying too hard to be clever and edgy. Let the music speak for itself and stop the gimmicks!

  • RK

    Ratings were up for Glee thanks to ew.com’s constant promotion.

  • mem

    Yay for Parenthood! I hope it keeps going up. Such a great show. I don’t want it cancelled. It’s the only 1 hour show I make sure I don’t miss.

  • Kiki

    Biggest Loser just hasn’t been very interesting this year. Everyone is kind of bland. Is that why the recaps have stopped?

  • Irwin

    Glee gets a lot of negative pub. Read Ryan Mcgee on Hitflix.com! He rips it to shreds. It’s held to a higher standard. I love the music, and hope the plot/comedy holds up, which doens’t always happen. Play the CDs almost non-stop to work and back. it’s fresh and novel, an experiment that’s refreshing. I puke at some of the other comedies, like that acclaomed 30-Rock, when Liz says “What am I a slut like on Everybody Love’s Raymond”. I wish there wascomedu like ELR. Meanwhile we got this musical delight, albeit flawed. ENJOY!!

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